4th Biennial Union Co-op Symposium

Liberating our futures together:

Building the cooperative Ecosystem

The international Union Co-op Symposium is a two day conference that brings together over 250 practitioners, social entrepreneurs, labor organizers, co-op workers, community development practitioners, and people interested in practical tools on how to start and run union worker cooperatives.

CUCI is building on the work of co-ops that have been present in this country for over 200 years, by using an international model from Mondragon, Spain. We wish to create a network of cooperatives in our society that serves the collective good by providing economic opportunities and goods and services with a purpose.

Date: 8am-5pm, November 15th & 16th
(see location details in sidebar or below)

Want to help lower resourced attendees to come?
Contribute to our Symposium Scholarship Fund by clicking on the ‘donate’ button below to make your donation.

Why come to the symposium?

Participants said they loved networking with industry specialists and other co-op network builders and connecting to resources, through practical presentations and applicable workshops on nuts-and-bolts topics such as capitalizationleveraged buy-outs, and the union connection. By using downtime together, creating open environments to learn from and with each other, and by hearing from worker-owners, participants came away with enthusiastic attitudes and “14 million ideas” for building and growing their networks. Folks left inspired and pumped up to apply the different strategies they learned and have made some amazing progress since!


Symposium Location

Christ Church Cathedral
318 East 4th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202


Hotels: We have secured a block of rooms at Holiday Inn Cincinnati Riverfront (600 W 3rd St, Covington, KY 41011) available from November 14-16th. Rooms are $99/night with breakfest buffet included.

Reservations must be made on or before October 24th (deadline extended) and may be cancelled at no charge until 4pm on the scheduled day of arrival. Call in your reservations under the 'Union Co-op Symposium' group.


The 2019 4th Biennial Union Co-op Symposium will feature:

  •  A delegation from Mondragon Spain, the world’s most successful network of cooperatives and CUCI’s inspiration and model;

  • Unveiling the national structure for 1Worker1Vote, the national co-op of co-ops, a huge milestone in the US cooperative movement; and

  • Many renowned speakers.

  • Annual Celebration - The celebration will feature: Tapas buffet, Our Harvest Cooperative’s local and fresh produce, social time with co-op promoters from across the US, music, Split the Pot, inspiration and fun!

We have designed this program not only to inspire, but to build capacity for cooperatives and demonstrate the importance of building a network of cooperatives. Check out our schedule outline below:


Become a Sponsor

Sponsorships include attendance at the Symposium, tickets to the Annual Celebration, recognition on our website, and an ad in the Symposium program

Email Ellen Vera at ellen@cincinnatiunioncoop.org to become a sponsor!

Sponsorship levels.


Annual Dinner

In addition to sponsoring the Symposium, we are inviting you to our Annual Celebration, which will be the evening of November 15th, when we recognize the continued success and journey of CUCI and union cooperatives! Dinner tickets included with symposium ticket purchase.